The Herald Sun Tour is an Australian professional bicycle race held in Melbourne and provincial Victoria, sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The first tour was held in October 1952 as a six-day event. It is now held annually over five days in February. It is named after the Herald Sun, Melbourne's only daily tabloid newspaper. It was originally known as the Sun Tour after The Sun News-Pictorial, and changed its name when The Sun News-Pictorial merged with The Herald in 1990.

Herald Sun Tour
Race details
RegionVictoria, Australia
Local name(s)Jayco Herald Sun Tour
CompetitionUCI Oceania Tour (2.1)
TypeStage race
Race directorScott McGrory
Web Edit this at Wikidata
First edition1952 (1952)
Editions67 (as of 2020)
First winner Keith Rowley (AUS)
Most wins Barry Waddell (AUS) (5 wins)
Most recent Jai Hindley (AUS)

History edit

In 1952 the first general classification winner was Keith Rowley, a Maffra sheep farmer, in a time of 42 h 57 min 55 s. The first King of the Mountain and Sprint champion was Jack (John) McDonough from Coburg.

Australian cyclists dominated the first 30 editions of the race, before its status rose and began attracting overseas stars. By the year 2000, the race had shifted to October and Australia's cyclists racing in Europe began to compete in the race. The resulting rise in the event's standard saw the race become rated by the UCI for the first time in 2005. Several notable Australian cyclists have won the General classification including Stuart O'Grady in 2008, Baden Cooke in 2002, Neil Stephens in 1986, and Russell Mockridge in 1957.

The 2004 race was conducted from 14 to 24 October 2004 and involved 85 cyclists in seventeen teams of five. Thirteen stages were completed with a total distance of 1110.7 km, 119 intermediate sprints and 37 hill climbs, including the two category one climbs of Mount Baw Baw and in the Otway Ranges. Swedish rider Jonas Ljungblad won the General classification in the time of 26 h 39 min 55 s. Karl Menzies won the sprint classification and Phillip Thuaux won the Mountains classification.

After the 2009 race, the organisers of the Herald Sun Tour proposed moving the race from its traditional October date to February, with no edition in 2010. Cycling Australia approved the move,[1] but in the face of opposition from the UCI,[2] the plans never came to fruition. In the end, the 2010 race was "held over" due to the 2010 UCI Road World Championships being held in Geelong and Melbourne, and the race returned to the calendar in October 2011.[3] The UCI accepted a change of date the following year, with a January 2013 date instead of October 2012, but downgraded the race from 2.1 to a National Event, preventing most professional teams from across the world from taking part.[4]

2014 edit

The next edition of the Tour was held from 5–9 February 2014, and regained a UCI 2.1 ranking, permitting top level trade teams to again compete.[5] Due to numerous bushfires across Victoria the last stage of the race was cancelled, with Orica–GreenEDGE rider Simon Clarke declared the winner.[6]

2016 edit

The 63rd edition of the Tour got a huge profile boost when reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome of Team Sky confirmed he would be starting his 2016 season at the event, having previously participated in 2008 with the Barloworld team where he finished 4th overall. Froome won the overall title on the final stage on Arthurs Seat, making him the first defending Tour de France champion to win the race, with teammate Peter Kennaugh finishing second and Damien Howson of Orica-GreenEdge placing third. He also took the mountains classification.[7]

2017 edit

The 64th edition of the race was won by Damien Howson of Orica–Scott.[8]

2018 edit

The 65th edition of the Herald Sun Tour was won by Esteban Chaves of the World Tour ranked Mitchelton–Scott team. Michelton Scott dominated the general classification of the 2018 edition with teammates Cameron Meyer (2nd) and previous winner Damien Howson (3rd) rounding out the final podium.[9]

2019 edit

The 66th edition of the race was won by Dylan van Baarle of Team Sky. Rounding out the podium were Nick Schultz of Mitchelton–Scott and Michael Woods of EF Education First.[10]

2021 edit

In August 2020, the 2021 edition was cancelled due to the uncertainty and unpredictability caused by the impact of COVID-19. The event will be rescheduled to February 2022.[11]

Winners edit

Year Country Rider Team
1952   Australia Keith Rowley
1953   Australia Basil Halsall
1954   Australia Hector Sutherland
1955   Australia Allan Geddes
1956   Australia George Goodwin
1957   Australia Russell Mockridge
1958   Australia John Young
1959   Australia Peter Panton
1960   Australia Peter Panton
1961   Australia John Young
1962   Australia Bill Knevitt
1963   Australia Bill Lawrie
1964   Australia Barry Waddell
1965   Australia Barry Waddell
1966   Australia Barry Waddell
1967   Australia Barry Waddell
1968   Australia Barry Waddell
1969   Australia Keith Oliver
1970   Australia Trevor Williamson
1971   Australia Graham McVilly
1972   Australia Ken Evans
1973   Australia Graham McVilly
1974   Australia Graham McVilly
1975   Australia John Trevorrow
1976   Australia Peter Besanko
1977   Australia John Trevorrow
1978   Australia Terry Hammond
1979   Australia John Trevorrow Warracknabeal
1980   Australia David Allan Pony Sport Holland
1981   Australia Clyde Sefton Mansfield
1982   Australia Terry Hammond Clemenso–Mavic
1983   Australia Shane Sutton Clemenso–Mavic
1984   Australia Gary Sutton Clarence Street Cyclery
1985   Great Britain Malcolm Elliott Raleigh–Weinmann
1986   Australia Neil Stephens Repco
1987   Italy Stefano Tomasini Remac–Fanini
1988   Netherlands Adri van der Poel PDM–Ultima–Concorde
1989   Netherlands Marcel Arntz Paternina
1990   Germany Udo Bölts Caltex
1991   United States Michael Engleman Coors Light
1992   United States Bart Bowen Subaru–Montgomery
1993   Great Britain David Mann Coors Light–Serotta
1994   Germany Christian Henn Team Telekom
1995   United States Andy Bishop Echuca-Moama
1996   United States Scott Moninger Tattersall's
1997   United States Norman Alvis Sweethearts Oranges
1998   Italy Alessandro Pozzi Sweethearts Oranges
1999   Denmark Michael Blaudzun home–Jack & Jones
2000   Kyrgyzstan Eugen Wacker Mróz–Supradyn Witaminy
2001   Austria Peter Wrolich Gerolsteiner
2002   Australia Baden Cooke Française des Jeux
2003   United States Tim Johnson Saturn Cycling Team
2004   Sweden Jonas Ljungblad Amore & Vita–Beretta
2005   Australia Simon Gerrans AG2R Prévoyance
2006   Australia Simon Gerrans AG2R Prévoyance
2007   Australia Matthew Wilson
2008   Australia Stuart O'Grady CSC–Saxo Bank
2009   Great Britain Bradley Wiggins Garmin–Slipstream
2010 No race
2011   Australia Nathan Haas Genesys Wealth Advisers
2012 No race
2013   Australia Calvin Watson Jayco-VIS-Apollo
2014   Australia Simon Clarke Orica–GreenEDGE
2015[6]   Australia Cameron Meyer Orica–GreenEDGE
2016[7]   Great Britain Chris Froome Team Sky
2017[8]   Australia Damien Howson Orica–Scott
2018[9]   Colombia Esteban Chaves Mitchelton–Scott
2019[10]   Netherlands Dylan van Baarle Team Sky
2020   Australia Jai Hindley Team Sunweb
2021 No race

References edit

  1. ^ SBS Cycling Central, "Date change for Jayco Herald Sun Tour", 24 February 2010, [1], accessed 30 May 2011
  2. ^ The Age, "Herald Sun Tour bid appears doomed", 23 January 2010, [2], accessed 30 May 2011
  3. ^ Leo Schlink, "2011 Jayco Herald Sun Tour back with a bang", The Herald Sun, 25 March 2011, [3], accessed 30 May 2011
  4. ^ "Gerrans questions lack of UCI ranking for Jayco Herald Sun Tour", Velonation, [4], accessed 23 December 2012
  5. ^ "Herald Sun Tour to regain UCI status". SBS Cycling Central. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  6. ^ a b Schlink, Leo (9 February 2014). "Fire risk too great as Tour cut short". Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Chris Froome wins Jayco Herald Sun Tour". 7 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Howson wins 2017 Herald Sun Tour". 5 February 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Herald Sun Tour 2018". Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Van Baarle wins Jayco Herald Sun Tour". Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  11. ^ "2021 Jayco Herald Sun Tour and Women's Herald Sun Tour called off amid COVID-19 uncertainty". Herald Sun Tour. 21 August 2020. Retrieved 11 December 2020.

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